Zoning Board hears new details on proposed Scaggsville project Plan calls for completion of 170 homes in addition to business space in 2005

June 25, 1998|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Zoning Board last night heard more details of the plans for the Cherrytree Park development in Scaggsville, one of three major housing and commercial projects in the southeastern county.

If the board approves the plan, the developers, Canton Builders and Winchester Homes, could begin the medium-sized development that would bring 170 homes and 212,102 square feet of commercial space to the North Laurel area. All 170 residential units proposed by the developers would be built on less than 16 acres.

This, along other mixed-use developments in Fulton and a Rouse Co. site in North Laurel, could produce more than 2,600 homes in a three-mile radius over 10 years.

Over the past two years, the developers have battled for approval of their 42-acre development at the southeast corner of U.S. 29 and Route 216.

Robert Levan, an attorney representing Winchester Homes, said the time has been spent "making a strong effort to find a good balance between commercial, residential and employment uses on this development. We feel as if we've met those conditions."

Keith Kubista, vice president of land development for Winchester Homes, spoke of Cherrytree Farm's "outstanding location" and said the development would be built in three phases.

In phase one, 50 percent of the residential building would be completed by 2001, when the traffic interchange at Route 216 and U.S. 29 would be under construction. By 2003, the remaining residential construction and half of the commercial building would be completed.

The final phase would be concluded by 2005, when the traffic interchange was finished.

Peter R. Crowley, Cherrytree Park's principal planner, said that the village center-style focal point would resemble a series of townhouses and two office buildings with their front doors looking out on open space decorated with a fountain and sitting areas.

In May, the board, which doubles as the County Council, approved a Rouse Co. plan for 1,201 residential units in North Laurel near Gorman Road and Route 216.

And next month, the board could also approve plans by G&R Maple Lawn Inc. for 1,168 residential units and 1.1 million square feet of commercial space near Fulton.

As does the Cherrytree Park site, the new version of the Rouse Co. preliminary development plan calls for fewer homes and more commercial square footage.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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